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Stamkos Injury

November 12, 2013 by  

Stamkos Injury, Tampa Bay Lightning star center Steven Stamkos is out after suffering a broken tibia in his right leg Monday against the Boston Bruins.

The Lightning confirmed the injury on their official Twitter account, just hours after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced later Monday that the 23-year-old Stamkos, the NHL’s co-leader in goals and points, will undergo surgery. The operation is expected to take place Tuesday.

“The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury,” Yzerman said in a team release. “The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning.

“The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven’s best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action.”

Stamkos reached out on Twitter later Monday.

Thanks to all my family, friends, and fans for all the well wishes! I will be back as soon as possible !!

— steven stamkos (@RealStamkos91) November 11, 2013
Lightning coach Jon Cooper acknowledged that the long-term absence of Stamkos will be difficult for Tampa Bay to overcome.

“It’s obviously tough to see him go down, not only for our team — he’s one of the best players in the world,” Cooper said following Tampa Bay’s 3-0 loss to the Bruins. “People come out to cheer the Boston Bruins here, and they come to see Steven Stamkos play hockey. It’s a loss for everybody.”

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